2015 brunch guide
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The Monday through Friday grind hardly allows time for bacon, eggs and hash browns in the morning. And even if there is time to whip 'em up, they're usually scarfed down in a hurry.
That's where weekend brunches come in. Forget that alarm clock, catch some sleep and savor a hearty breakfast at these Milwaukee-area restaurants when you wake up. If we've forgotten your favorite brunch spot, please add it to the list with the talkback feature!
Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
A commanding view of Lake Michigan makes this the perfect Sunday champagne brunch spot. The menu features upscale specialties like steak tartare, salade niçoise and omelette du jour (a three egg omelet with bacon and potatoes).
Beans & Barley
1901 E. North Ave., (414) 278-7878
Brunch makes an appearance at Beans and Barley every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can pick from infinite egg items: poached, omelets, scrambled, Benedict and even tofu scramblers. Breakfast burritos, almond french toast, a lox plate and pancakes are also served.
317 N. 76th St., (414) 299-3180
Blue's Egg is one of the few places in town where you'll find brunch (complete with breakfast cocktails) seven days a week. Serving breakfast and lunch daily, the menu carries omelets and benedicts throughout the day. Specialties include stuffed "Blue's Browns," house-made corned beef and pulled ham, savory French toast, vegetarian options, salads, sandwiches and much more, with everything made from scratch.
801 N. Cass St., (414) 277-1111
Don't miss indulging in a leisurely brunch at this cozy spot just around the corner from Cathedral Square. Options include classic lox and bagel, seasonal quiche, and Guinness French toast, along with classics like corned beef hash and eggs Benedict. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1505 W. Mequon Rd., Mequon, (262) 241-7076
Specializing in soups, salads, vegetarian fare and sandwiches, as well as weekly specials, Cafe 1505 serves up an excellent brunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Also available are mimosas and handmade Bloody Marys.
Cafe at the Plaza
1007 N. Cass St., (414) 272-0515
There's old-school brunch and breakfast goodness at the Plaza's cafe. Featuring fresh, seasonal, organic ingredients, guests can enjoy made-from-scratch dishes like The Scrambler or a make-your-own omelet while enjoying the Plaza's classic Art Deco architecture. Open for brunch Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7700 Hartwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700
From 8 a.m. t0 3 p.m., Cafe Bavaria serves a slew of delicious brunch items such as pretzel French toast, egg and sausage potato pancakes, a variety of omelets, build-your-own smashed burgers, and more. Wash all of this down with a selection of specialty Bloody Marys and mimosas.
Café Benelux & Market
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
Buttermilk fried chicken waffles, cinnamon streusel French toast and sweet and savory variations of enormous Pannekoek, along with an impressive, 40-page Bier Menu, make this café, fashioned after the grand cafes of Lowland Europe, a Milwaukee brunch hot spot Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0377
Cafe Centraal's brunch puts a fun spin on all the classics, including omelets, waffles, French toast and Benedicts. Serving brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., check the menu for details because the menu is slightly different depending on the day. Many dishes can be made without meat as well.
3129 N. Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
It might be tough to get a table in this tiny Riverwest restaurant, but brunch is well worth the wait. Offered Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., brunch is a mixture of Latin-infused specialties and classic favorites. Cafe Corazon prides itself on using locally grown ingredients, including beef and seasonal produce from their family farm, Richway Acres. The brunch drink menu offers a "beermosa" (orange juice and Pabst Blue Ribbon) along with a variety of non-alcoholic beverages.
2608 N. Downer Ave., (414) 963-6366
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
Café Hollander's specialty might be Belgian brews, but they also do a pretty good job with brunch. Served Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the cafe offers such dishes as the Mrs. Hollander, featuring thinly sliced Black Forest ham, two fried eggs, Belgian bier cheese sauce and tomato on a croissant. The Wauwatosa location offers a slightly different menu, but with the same appealing East Side swagger.
2261 S. Howell Ave., (414) 294-5858
Enjoy Lulu's delicious brunch on Sundays until 2 p.m. Choose from a limited variety of popular sandwiches or opt for a Hangover Hamburger, featuring black angus beef, cheddar, bacon and egg or order one of their specialty scrambles or just basic eggs and toast.
728 E. Brady St., (414) 271-6000
Take the opportunity to check out Casablanca's newly remodeled space by showing up on Sundays for their brunch buffet. Offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the buffet offers a wide variety of meats (lamb, chicken and beef), sweets such as stuffed falafel, as well as vegetarian options.
1022 S. 1st St., (414) 672-1040
Probably one of the only places in town to fold authentic crepes, you can have "brunch" at Chez Jacques Tuesday through Sunday. Fresh-baked croissants complement sweet or savory crepes and a list of quiches.
1947 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 273-7677
This East Side favorite serves brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Comet's menu includes brunch classics as well as many vegetarian and vegan options. Order off the specials board for adventurous takes on classic brunch fare, and don't forget to check out the vegan baked goods. Bloody Mary's, with or without bacon, are their specialty.
316 N. Milwaukee St., (414) 291-2655
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coquette Café serves up everything from Mediterranean Eggs Benedict, brioche French toast and Gruyere cheese and country ham crepes to bacon wrapped Strauss veal meatloaf. Soups, sandwiches, salads, even escargot and leg of duck confit, make this a deliciously impressive brunch experience.
Devon Seafood and Steak
5715 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale, (414) 967-9790
Conveniently located inside Bayshore Mall, Devon Seafood and Steak offers a brunch buffet on Sundays. This buffet includes an omelet, carving, fresh seafood, sashimi, Belgian waffle and dessert station. Entrees include classic breakfast favorites like scrambled eggs, sausage links and apple wood smoked bacon, and unusual brunch items like shrimp enchiladas and Thai chicken wings.
Engine Company No. 3
217 W. National Ave., (414) 226-5695
For their weekend brunch, Engine Company No. 3 aims to keep it farm fresh with locally sourced ingredients that make up their varied menu. From savory sweets like s'mores pancakes and amaretto French toast to smoked salmon Benedict, spaghetti squash carbonara and Wisconsin omelets. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
W349 N5293 Lacy's Ln., Okauchee, (262) 567-7047
A bit of a drive from downtown, Golden Mast is known as one of the old school formal and full brunch purveyors. Brunch includes a complimentary glass of sparkling champagne, choice of fruit juice or coffee, tea or milk.
2457 S. Wentworth Ave., (414) 763-4706
When you're up and ready to go on Sunday, head on over to Bay View and start your day with brunch at Goodkind. Try the bacon and cheddar risotto, hangar steak and eggs, pork cheek donuts, whipped tofu and more. With your meal, sip on one of the specialty cocktails on the menu. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Harry's Bar and Grill
3549 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 964-6800
Harry's Sunday brunch includes items such as breakfast pasta, breakfast crab cakes, Belgian waffles, smothered steak and eggs, homemade corned beef hash, eggs Benedict, and much more.
1701 N. Arlington Pl., (414) 220-8090
The Saturday and Sunday brunch menu features items such as smoked salmon Benedict, bourbon-battered challa French toast and the Brunch Burger, made with a fried egg, pork belly, cheddar and carmelized onions.
mkegirl | Sept. 14, 2013 at 1:36 p.m. (report)
Zak's on 2nd has the best brunch in town, hands down. Great bloodies, benedicts and waffles, and very affordable. Also, I would argue that the new Palomino is neither tasty, nor veggie, nor deep-fried.
Devon's Seafood & Grill in the Bayshore mall has a FABOULOUS brunch. It is served on Sun.'s from 10-2. The cost is $24 but....you don't pay extra for any non-alcoholic drink. That means, coffee,orange juice, milk whatever they serve that's NA is included. No other brunch does that. Bloody Mary's and mimosa's are only $4.50 and 1/2 price bottles of wine all day. The brunch selections are UNBELIEVABLE!!! This our FAVORITE brunch!! FEATURING OMELET BAR HAND CARVED BEEF TENDERLOIN MADE TO ORDER BELGIUM WAFFLES FROM THE EMPORIUM TABLE SEASONAL FRESH FRUIT CHAR CRUSTED AHI TUNA GRILLED ASAPARGUS SALAD WITH WALNUT VIANIAGRETTE ASSORTED SMOKED FISH PEEL & EAT SHRIMP VEGETABLE SPRING ROLLS ENGLISH CUCUMBER & FETA SALAD ASSORTED CHEESES ON THE HOT SIDE SCRAMBLED EGGS SHRIMP ENCHILADAS ALMOND CRUSTED TILAPIA SWEET POTATO CORN HASH APPLEWOOD SMOKED BACON SAUSAGE THAI CHICKEN WINGS JAMBALAYA LOBSTER MAC NCHEESE CHICKEN PICCATA SAUTEED GREEN BEANS ROASTED YUKON GOLD POTATOES DESSERT TABLE CARROT CAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES KEY LIME TARTS GRAND MARNIER WHITE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE PANNA COTTA
Please consider giving us a try at "nines" at the River Club of Mequon. Always open to the public, we serve an outstanding Sunday Brunch, 52 weeks a year in a captivating and contemporary environement. 18.95. (10.95 for 12 and under. Under 5 fre) .Check out the menu, the atmospherics and what's going on at.... http://www.ninesattheriverclub.com/ We also have free live music every Thursday night via our ninesLive series.
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